Sahil Verma, a Mumbai-based investment banker, could have chosen some of the famous global tourist destinations for his honeymoon, suiting his hefty budget. But the 31-year-old, who is getting married in December, has bought a king-style holiday package, spanning across six cities in India.
The two-week vacation, worth Rs 3 lakh, comprises stay in luxurious hotels, excellent dining, soothing spa experiences and whatnot. “We wanted to explore places within India, relax and spend quality time together. Also, this occasion is extremely special for me and my fiancé,” said Verma.
“With the most popular wedding months, spanning from November to February, majority of couples are looking for extravagant honeymoons within India, rather than travelling abroad,” said a tour operator from Alpfly.
“Though the vacations have become trimmed down this year, but the budgets have risen over 30 per cent,” the Alpfly tour operator added.
Verma’s hotel will feature uber-luxurious amenities like, gym, badminton court, spa centre and water sports facilities. The tour package also comprises multi-cuisine breakfast, prepared specially for the couple, and a health spa ritual for three hours.
Couples are approaching travel companies like Alpfly, with self-modified itineraries. For instance, Neha Sharma, a fashion blogger, has requested a Bentley pick up from the Diu airport, where she will kick-start her lavish honeymoon next month. After a stay at a plush suite in the Sea Village Resort, Sharma and her husband will head to Goa, which is home to some of the beautiful beaches in the world.
Nowadays, people know exactly the kind of rooms and flights they want, while planning a holiday. And the honeymoon bookings for this wedding season demonstrate high demand for cities in India, because of the low-cost staying and sightseeing options. However, Alpfly tour operators assert that even big-budget travellers are keen on travelling to the domestic destinations this year.
Typically, travellers with decent budget opt for all-encompassing packages with stay in three-star hotels. But this year, the demand for swish resorts is at peak.